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Are You Ready for Driverless Uber Cars?
There has always been a certain stigma attached to a ride in a taxicab. Of course, in all fairness, some cab drivers are perfectly honest and polite, and some of the vehicles are nice and clean and well-maintained. However, we have all heard horror stories about rude, reckless drivers who take advantage of visiting tourists who don't know about the quickest routes from one place to another. In fact, you may have lived some of these stories in the flesh. (I know that I have.)
Now, we have an alternative to conventional taxicabs in the form of ridesharing companies like Lyft and Uber. If you have never used either of these services, the way it works is you download the app to your phone, and you provide a payment source. The app knows exactly where you are at any given time, and all you have to do is enter a destination. You can find out approximately how much the ride will cost, and the app will also let you know how long it will take for a driver to reach your location. A user can even track the vehicle that is going to pick you up on an interactive GPS system. There are no surprises when you use these services, and the charges are typically lower than taxicab fares.
It has been my experience that people who drive for these services are professional and polite, but there is some technology at work that may make them obsolete. I was in Las Vegas recently, and, in the airport, the bartender told an interesting story. She said that she saw an Uber car without a driver on the freeway in Las Vegas. There was a news story circulating right around that time about driverless Uber cars being dispatched in Pittsburgh, so perhaps the experiment extended to other cities without being highly publicized.
I can't say that I feel very good about being transported by a car without a driver. For the time being during this testing phase, there is an engineer on board who is standing (sitting?) by to take the helm if anything goes awry. However, the ultimate goal is to cut costs by eliminating those pesky, revenue-sharing human beings in the driver's seats.
I'll take advantage of technology as much as the next person, but you have to draw the line somewhere. This is where I draw it, and you should too. Do your part to stop the robots from taking over the world and use the AutoShopper Find Your Car search function to get yourself a vehicle that doesn't drive itself.
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